Hygiene and Home Workouts

As you are all aware, there is an increased effort for hygiene and awareness due to the spread of the newly identified virus. 

We make every effort to keep our facility as clean as possible at all times with your help, and we are asking now for even more effort from you guys:

  1. Rule number one is ALWAYS to stay away from the gym when you are sick. We are asking now that you take even more precautions and though we miss you, take an extra day off if you are even iffy.
    1. What classifies as sick, you ask? EVERYTHING. If you have to ask, stay home.
  2. Please make liberal use of the hand sanitizer mounted on the wall up front, and wash your hands before and after working out.
  3. Every day we wipe down equipment at the end of class, but sometimes it’s a little lack luster. Please make every effort to thoroughly wipe and clean everything you use while in the gym. We will ensure the mop is available for sweaty areas.
  4. We want to cheer you on and encourage you, but in following other workplace and hospital guidelines, we ask that you limit high fives and fist bumps for now.
  5. Unfortunately, the school closures will make things difficult for the parents, but we ask that you not bring any children into the gym at this time.

Unless absolutely forced to close by Larry himself, the gym will remain open

However, we understand your lives will be disrupted and may have to skip days. On Monday, we will provide 2 weeks worth of home workouts that follow the programming we have been working on.

Additionally, we have hired a professional sanitizing company to perform a deep and thorough cleaning of the facility, including sanitization. The staff will also increase the usual cleaning protocols, ensuring the gym is a safe and clean environment that you feel comfortable in. 

As always, Michael and Kati are available for questions or concerns. Thanks guys!

Overcoming Obstacles: Meet the Monsters

The point in any story where the hero is forced to overcome obstacles is always compelling to us because it is the point where they’re forced to grow.

As a society, the typical heroes are athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and occasionally politicians. But we are all heroes in our own stories.

As we continue down our heroes journey, there are over 20 different types of hidden monsters that we can face to serve as obstacles to overcome.







Collectively, they make up the resistance. They’re the opposition to the Hero, to us, in our story. The resistance will stand against any act that we try to take for meaning, purpose or growth.

This includes things like any new diet or health program, a new exercise program, a weight loss journey, a program for spiritual advancement, any calling for writing or music or any unconventional art form, big commitments of heart like getting married or having a child, any program to help you overcome a bad habit or addiction, educating yourself, any business or entrepreneurial adventure.

Your journey is littered with opportunities for change, and this is their meal.

They’re invisible to the physical senses. You cannot see them, or hear them, or touch them or smell them. You can only feel them, down in the darkness. You can catch a glimpse, like a shadow in a darkened room. The force of the negative feelings they try to push from the core of your being is aiming to drive us away from where we want to go.

Each one of them is insidious. They’ll tell you anything to keep you from doing what you need to do or heading in the direction you need to go. They will lie, seduce, bully, and torment. Individually, they can take any form that needed to trick you. The resistance will present itself in the form of a well-meaning friend or family member or it will attack you like an armed criminal waving its weapon in your face. The monsters have no conscience, no moral standards and they feel the opposite of what you feel. Their nature is ever shifting and ever changing, making it difficult to identify them.

These monsters are unbiased, nondiscriminatory, objective. They are a force of nature, part of every life. That adds to their power because most of us believe they shouldn’t exist at all and when they do we believe they can be vanquished. But they can never be so and are an essential part of our nature, of our journey. Though we sense malevolence, they are truly the definition of indifference.

The monsters are universal. They are the opposition to everyone and everything, not just to you. Everyone experiences them. The more important your mission or call to action, the more the monsters will attack your soul.

The warrior knows that the battle must be fought and won anew every single day. The great artists understand this also. Everyone is an artist and their life is their defining work of art. The hero’s journey, your journey, is an endless work of art.

The monsters do not aim to wound you. They do not aim to hold you back or disable you completely. The monsters aim to kill. They want to annihilate the art entirely. Your genius, your unique gifts and experiences, and perspectives that can never be replaced. The monsters want to remove them from the history of the universe absolutely and completely.

Overcoming the monsters, the obstacles in your story, is a war to the death.

How do we overcome the obstacles?

You just do it. Start. Start now. Start before you’re ready. You’ll never be ready before you’re almost finished. So “waiting until you’re ready” is one of the monsters and it’s got a stranglehold on you.

The enemy, the opposition, the obstacle to our journey is not a lack of preparedness. It’s not the difficulty of the task or the problems that need to be solved. It’s the monsters of the resistance. The voice in our heads that tell us it’s too difficult, too strenuous, that is the voice of the monsters. The one that hears the voice is the artist, the hero, you. If we give that voice one second in our brain it’s going to inject us full of excuses and justifications and reasons why we can’t, shouldn’t, won’t.

So start now. Start before the voices get louder. Start to abruptly end their momentum. Good things happen when you start before you’re ready to start. Starting before you think you are ready thrusts you into a high-pressure situation.

When your natural fight-or-flight reaction kicks in, choose fight.

Choose to embrace the adrenaline, the head rush, the feeling of your heart slamming against your chest and courage coursing through you.

When you start the fight, when you dive in head first, you make a commitment. Without it, you only give the monsters more to feed on.

If you still have an alibi, an excuse, a justification, your monsters are still in charge.

Turn Small Wins into Big Victories

Kati is one of the members of the X-Project team, and has been training with Michael for over eight years.

I have always been naturally small, both in height and in stature. [I know, I know, so horrible right?] Because of that, it is normal for most people to assume that I put little to no effort into my physique. And for a lot of my life, that was true. Now, I was in no way healthy – I rarely exercised, and wouldn’t be caught dead sweating anywhere near someone who could see me. I managed to get through my teenage years by swinging between eating nothing or randomly binge eating garbage food. But being small didn’t save me from a decade of bullying, and I took on the persona I needed to survive, and that is the person you see most often. My opinions of healthy eating [why bother?] and the struggles of obesity [as if it shouldn’t be that hard] were ignorant and developed with an abundance of defensive mechanisms, arrogance, and combative attitudes that I was privileged enough to maintain.

College brought a whole new level of abhorrent eating behavior, coupled now with the pressures of remaining thin [freshman 15] and the new challenge of overcoming a drastic increase in caloric intake [purple drank]. My first year of college, my roommate and I decided a reasonable diet was eating a lot of salads and smoking a lot of Newport’s. My junior year, all of my calories came from either liquor, SlimFast, or late night McDonalds. I would spend my nights drinking my meals, and my days deleting pictures that I deemed ‘too fat’. I can probably count the number of times I ate the last six months of my college career because it is so few, and at age 21 when I graduated college, I weighed about 90 pounds.

I can hear you cringing because you know me now, or shrugging your shoulders because you did the same thing.

But here’s the deal – I learned at a very early age to absolutely hate my body. With a healthy dose of obsessive anxiety and more than enough perfectionism to cause a problem, I managed to channel my self-hatred into a single focus. Every failure in my life became another way for me to abuse it, to trash it, to be disgusted by it. Every moment where I lost control was another excuse to wreck the only thing I could control.

Unlike a lot of similar stories, my behavior was so much more than casual recklessness or willful ignorance. Not only was I perfectly aware of the damage I was causing, I was purposely and violently trying to destroy myself, seething with self disgust every step of the way.

I continued this pattern after college, now with an income to burn on thermogenic pills, cool sculpting, and 30 minute ab videos. At some point, my best friend and I decided that the correct cultural decision for 22 year olds was to join a gym. With our new memberships, we received 2 free personal training sessions with Michael.

Confident that we only needed to ‘tone’ and ‘maintain’, I didn’t even bother to behave in any way that indicated I was willing to work hard. Now when I think back on it, I can almost dictate Michael’s thoughts when I dumped my garbage life at his feet and expected applause. The first workout where I had to lunge with a 4lb med ball had me running to the bathroom to throw up. I still can’t believe he managed not to roll his eyes when I insisted on constantly complaining LOUDLY about every exercise he handed me.

When Michael decided that he had enough of working for other people and wanted to work for himself, I wish I could say I was already a success story that followed him to his new venture, like Maw-Maw or Swati. But mostly, I was still very much plowing down my path of self-destruction, and at the time thought I could become a runner [stop laughing]. It took me about three months to come visit his new gym. And embarrassingly, after being friends and roommates for over 3 years, I finally started to listen to what he had to say.

The first few months, first few years really, were hard. And I don’t mean because the workouts were demanding or because I was sore, but rather because I abruptly stopped my extreme bodily abuse and tried to play nice. And it paid me back by promptly gaining 50 pounds. I cried constantly, I never took pictures or went shopping; I didn’t even look in the mirror. I tried to compartmentalize and focus on the positives, but I threw away all my clothes in a fit of depression and wore huge baggy clothes for years.

Meanwhile, I deadlifted, squatted, and learned how to do double unders, handstand pushups and pull ups. I would drag myself to the gym at 7:30 after working 16 hour days. It felt good, to work hard and accomplish things. I enjoyed practicing until I could get better, even when I failed. Every tiny progression felt like a big step, and I couldn’t believe how quickly I forgot about my plan of destruction and changed my focus to improvement.

Slowly, with a lot of failures, stops, starts, skips, and stumbles, I learned to view my body as a weapon to shape instead of a vehicle for self-loathing.

There was no light-bulb moment.

There was no single action or reflection to look back on that changed everything. There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t have to shove away deprecating thoughts about my thighs, or my stomach, or my chin, or my arms. I still have to work hard not to punish my body when I fail elsewhere, and I don’t walk around feeling confident and like sun shines out of my butt every moment of every day. I have made huge leaps in my own self-preservation, but I have to be reminded to take care of myself when I don’t feel like I deserve to be cared for.

I have so much work left to do.

But when I finish a workout and I know for a fact that I worked as hard as I could and did the best I could, whatever the result is, I love that feeling more than I want to hate my body. I built it with blood, sweat, and tears, and in those moments I can allow myself to be proud of it and of the work I’ve done. So I take it as a win. I no longer tie my self-worth to my body image, positive or not-so-positive.

Sometimes you’ll hear me say that Michael saved my life, and it seems as though I’m being dramatic. I wasn’t sick or heavy, fighting the clock against disease or to step back from the edge of my life. But I was barreling head first into a mental battlefield that my body was paying for, and it was only a matter of time until it had no more to give. Whether he knew it or not, he gave me the tools I needed to smash the person I was becoming, and the person I have re-built started on that foundation.

We will spend our lives fighting some kind of battle, and I don’t know that any of us will ever be free of that. But I can promise that we all have layers and layers of failures that hide underneath what looks like the result of a series of successes. This is only one of mine, and I have many more stacked underneath the person I put on display.

Most of us aren’t finished, and we all have a lot of work to do. But when you look around and feel like everyone else is ahead, remember their layers and get to work on your own. Put in the work to achieve those little wins, and make them matter.

Stop thinking of progress as trudging steps on a seemingly never ending path, and turn all those little wins into big victories that make you worth it.

Because you are.

The Heroes Journey: Depart from the ordinary

Every day of your life should be an internal Heroes Journey. That is, every day should take you on an internal voyage towards greater self-discovery as you navigate and intertwine the meanings in the narrative of your life.

Life exists as individual moments and interactions and it is up to us to make them vast and deep and interconnected and awe-inspiring. This life is our masterpiece. It is our collected works of art laid out on a timeline and it’s up to us to be the orchestrators of a life so compelling and so engrossing that we would willingly live it again and again for all of eternity.

This is what we strive for. It’s the idea of aestheticizing our perspective lenses and experiences.

If you’re able to willingly turn your life into an endless stream of art, you can change your narrative into the narrative. You can become the author and the artist instead of just another observer. You become the hero going on the journey of endless transcendence.

Continue reading “The Heroes Journey: Depart from the ordinary”

2018 Holiday Schedule

The holiday season is fast approaching! In order to plan your gym time around the parties, events and quality family time, here is our schedule for November and December.

  • November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day: One class only, 8:30 AM [Turkey Burn Throwdown!]
  • November 23rd, Black Friday: One class only, 9:00 AM
  • November 24th, Saturday: One class only, 8:00 AM
  • December 23rd, Sunday: Closed – No Open Gym
  • December 24th, Christmas Eve: One class only, 9:00 AM
  • December 25th, Christmas Day: Closed
  • December 26th: One class only, 9:30 AM
  • December 27th: Two classes, 9:30AM and 5:30PM
  • December 28th: Two classes, 9:30AM and 5:30PM
  • December 30th, Sunday: Closed – No Open Gym
  • December 31st, New Years Eve: One class only, 9:00 AM
  • January 1st, New Years Day: Closed

As our community, we consider you family and we are thankful to have you this and every holiday season.

SweatSocial: New Referral Program

Through the summer, we offered the opportunity to play a game with us BINGO style and complete an AMRAP card. We had a few winners, and lots of stamps all around.

As we move into a new season, we have a new way to collect credits towards your membership and hang out with your friends at the same time!

Let us introduce you to our new referral program, #SweatSocial.

We consider all of our member’s part of our X-Project family, and hope you feel the same. Because we love nothing more than extending our family to yours, you have several new ways to earn credits with SweatSocial.

The first is to bring in your friends to try out our classes. We offer a free trial class for every new member, and we’d love to meet your friends and family. For every TEN friends you bring in to try us out, you’ll receive a 50$ credit.

On top of that credit, for every friend or family member that joins us at The X-Project, you’ll receive another 50$ credit and they’ll get 10% off their membership!

To get started, download our new SweatSocial app and register for an account to access your rewards punch card. Share the app, share the referral page, and share the love.

For every friend and every membership, just bring your phone to a staff member with your punch card in the app open and let the 50$ credits roll in!

In addition to the referral credits, if you’d like to chat with us about our exclusive local business opportunities with SweatSocial, including business highlights, corporate discount programs and free trial programs for your company staff, send us an [email].

Working out with friends – does it get any better than that? We don’t think so.

Rules to play:
Must be new members for the trial and new memberships. Drop in’s, repeat visitors or previous members are not eligible to be included.

Beyond The Whiteboard: Logging your workouts

One of the things we stress the most is recording and tracking your workouts (and all levels of your fitness, but that’s another post for another day). In addition to the custom journals available to our members, we encourage anyone who prefers the technology way to use Beyond The Whiteboard to track their workout.

There is both a desktop version [here] and an iOS and Android app for your phone [learn how to navigate the app here].

You can also link to it straight from our website and login to your account!

You’ll need to create an account on a desktop, and then you can download the app. As part of the sign up process, you’ll need to input our gym name and code. Ask your coach for those.

After you are added to The X-Project squad, you’ll be able to see and log the WoD.  You can also encourage your fellow members on their results by giving them fist bump or bicep emojis, as well as see the leaderboard for the gym and your rank.

You can also create your own squad! If you and your classmates are always asking each other about their workout results, why not create a squad so you can log in and check it out?

On top of logging the WoD, you can track your weight, nutrition, lifts, workouts on the go, and injuries. There are advanced analytic and reporting functionalities for the nerds among us.

Keeping track of your workouts allows you to look back and see improvement in so many areas, and taking detailed notes and accurately recording your score provides insight throughout your progress.

If you prefer the old school pen and paper method, that’s cool! Everyone has their own style, but that means when your coach asks for your numbers, you have several choices of how you record it so there is no excuse 😉

Remember to use the app to encourage and support each other, and keep in mind that you are competing against yourself every day.

Helpful Resources Links

Terms and Phrases: Refresher Course

We have all been there.

You’re standing in class, and the coach is giving instructions on the workout but it is like they are speaking in a foreign language. You want to try to understand but they are dropping acronyms and you can’t keep up. You’ll have to Google it after class, but that won’t help you now…

Or, you’ve been in the game for a bit now and you’ve got it down for the most part. But every once in a while you find that you are following along but don’t know what the words everyone is using actually stand for.

We’re here to help! Every fitness style has it’s own set of terms and phrases that mean nothing to anyone else, and at the School of Fitness a lot of those words happen to be CrossFit related. Here is a refresher course for the veterans and a handy guide for the newbies with the most commonly dropped words. No extra Googling needed!


AMRAP Card: July


Ever play BINGO? Well, ours is better.

Our AMRAP cards have 25 spaces, just like BINGO.

There are five rows of five, just like BINGO.

But, to complete the AMRAP card, you’ll have to do more than wait for a number to be called.

In each square, you’ll find a different activity to complete.

There are opportunities to connect with your fellow X Project members, by outfit coordinating, taking sweaty selfies, or meeting a new workout partner.

You can expand your nutrition focus by learning a new recipe, or sharing one you have tried and swear by.

You’ll have the chance to promote local businesses, reach out to a stranger with kindness, or share the positive things in your life with your friends and family.

Every month there will be a new AMRAP card to complete, with 25 new adventures to get closer to your community, expand your network, and learn something new.

There is one thing in common with BINGO though. Prizes!

If you complete all 25 squares, you’ll receive a gift card to the fitness retailer of your choice and any item from the apparel store! If you complete one AMRAP line [like BINGO],  you’ll get a discount code for the online apparel store.

Download the July AMRAP Card, print out the card and get to playin!

Good luck!

Kyle Boettner, Part 4

Every day, you spend an hour with your coach. But how much time do you have to get to know them? Our community is built on the foundation of relationships. To support that, each week, your coach will share a part of their story.

Kyle shares what he hopes for in the future for his family and for the members.

Check it out.

Continued from Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 of Kyle’s story.

Follow Kyle on his journey on his Instagram page.